The inaugural solo presentation by German abstract artist Anna Leonhardt is now on show at the Marc Straus Gallery in the Lower East Side. The exhibition features new works created by Leonhardt during her three-month gallery residency in New York. A collection of works with a futuristic forecast of what a far away future of Abstract art might look like enhance the white sterile walls of the gallery. But the future is now, and there’s no sign of flying supersonic cars yet.
Leonhardt in a way makes us feel that those childhood dreams of living in a Jetsons’ land could still become a possibility, a least if you stop and stare long enough and let your mind wander. As I enter the rooms filled with luminous and chromatic color palette, my eyes perk up, I cracked a grin and felt as I’ve been transported to a futuristic gallery space part of Aldous Huxley’ Brave New World. Leonhardt’s aesthetic approach is reminiscent to the likes of Nicolas de Staël and Hans Hofmann.
The works can be interpreted as a chronological story of the deterioration of an imaginary land. The abundance of blue skies and body of water slowly start disintegrating into badlands where the grounds are no longer fertile. The last transition is where the industrial world has taken over and abolished all signs of flora and in way humanity. But that’s my take on it, regardless of its harsh depiction, there’s still a fighting sense of innocence and joy, portrayed in the form of pronounced impasto strokes with layers of the rainbow spectrum that take up center stage within the paintings.
Each stroke “Raumzeug” or “Space Stuff”, as the artist calls them, possesses individual DNA that helps them differentiate from one another, but attention to detail must be given to realize this. They are the freedom fighters and the non-conformist. A presentation I find to be in tune with our current times throughout our government and society. Did you get out and Vote?
Anna Leonhardt’s works will show at the Marc Straus Gallery till May 15th, 2016
Photos By:Erica Genece
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